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Trusting a Plan… or how to make needle felted coasters, a tutorial

January 12, 2012

Somedays don’t make any sense… we look at the projects and people put together and wonder if we have been forgotten.

We can’t make any sense of it.

How can these things in life amount to anything which will bring joy?

How can any day really?

Instructions given to be carried out seem pointless when we look at our age and abilities.

So blocking out the interruptions…

We concentrate and when we look away from what we have been given…

well sometimes we can get ourselves hurt …

and now aware of the consequences

We refocus…


With minds focused on our task we see what You had in mind….it begins to take shape.

It isn’t what we would have created with these pieces of fluff and stuff.  We would have walked away.

Following through we see it spiral into beauty.

A plan.

Sometimes we are given ugly pieces…

But it’s how we look at it…. burden or blessing?

Can we call it trash… or a sluice box for gold panning treasure?

Then a day of bits of stuff which seems unable to be connected… starts to come together.

Trash turned into something to discern treasure.

 Hard work  rewarded,

with a sunny bit of felted fluff on a cold day.


Because that is what some days are… just bits of ourselves needle felted together to make something more beautiful.

Something made more beautiful when we trust in a Plan bigger then ourselves.

Times bringing Joy when we appreciate the company of those handpicked out of the whole world to spend time with us.

26 Comments leave one →
  1. emily m. permalink
    January 12, 2012 9:10 am

    I am starting to get it, not quite yet fully, but starting too…the shimmer of real gold is flickering as I embrace the ones He has handpicked for this season of my life and the slower days he is gifting me with, thank you for listening to His voice and sharing your journey with us.

    • January 12, 2012 9:50 am

      Slower days?…girl you are one of the speediest ladies I know…and with such finesse too!

      • emily m. permalink
        January 12, 2012 9:53 am

        taking Alice out of pre-school has slowed us down a good bit:)

  2. January 12, 2012 9:40 am

    TOUCH THE SPINDLE! Touch it I say! lol. reminds me of Sleeping beauty
    i love coasters. there I said it. those are really cool ones too.
    i like how your mind thinks…way to see the joy even when it’s just a busted up ol chifforobe…

    ahhh. too…. many…movie…. references.

  3. January 12, 2012 11:11 am

    So good to read your words today. Beautiful needle felting. I remember my littles not getting along and telling them that God puts people in our lives to learn to get along with them because later in life you will have others with the same types of tendancies and personalities and you will need to know – “call it training for your fututre”. He does have a sense of humor doesnt he?! Hugs and blessings to you and yours.

  4. January 13, 2012 4:29 am

    I have wanted to learn to needle felt for a long time now — my daughter bought me a little kit for Christmas – the needles are so very sharp! And I’ve been waiting for just the day to try because I have no idea what I’m doing — but you’ve inspired me… I’ll just take it slow and work with what I have and find joy in it! Blessings, Aly

    • January 13, 2012 8:11 am

      Hey alyssa,
      What would you like to know about needle felting… I have done it for years…even had an etsy shop back when we were going through the adoption process…and I did very well. Once you get some type of form it is a lot like clay… If you need any help please let me know.
      Always good to see you.

  5. January 13, 2012 6:47 pm

    Your Needle Felted coasters turned out beautifully, I love needle felt so much, your hot cocoa in the beautiful red mugs look delicious, what a wonderful day!

    • January 13, 2012 10:03 pm

      It really was…and they love to come in from the cold and find warm treats.

  6. January 13, 2012 9:26 pm

    Funny that. There has been chess and needle felting happening at our house this week too. Needlefelting is indeed a wonderful medium for children.

  7. January 14, 2012 12:28 pm

    What a great project!

  8. MiaB permalink
    January 14, 2012 2:29 pm

    What a great project… it turned out so well!! And you have awesome pictures here. would really love it if you could share this here –

    have a great weekend.


  9. January 15, 2012 10:01 pm

    How cute to see your kids playing chest together!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great week,
    Beth =-)

  10. MiaB permalink
    January 16, 2012 6:50 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing your craftiness with us on Sharing Saturday.


  11. January 17, 2012 11:35 am

    do you actually have a tutorial on needle felting… they are BEAUTIFUL coasters
    And with Kells, I love how your mind thinks! Always a delight to follow along the beauty in your life! God is big!

    • January 17, 2012 2:49 pm

      of needle felting is so simple.. it hardly warrants a tutorial…
      big ball of fluff… needle felting needles (a must have..regular needles won’t do) and you just keep stabbing the wool …say into a ball…or in this case a round flat plate like shape.
      from there it’s all about layering and shaping (like clay only with a needle)…
      IT is VERY relaxing…until it isn’t, lol (i.e..stabbing yourself)
      I actually years ago, sold tons of my felted creations….it gets addicting… but now I had herd of kids so I just teach them how,lol.

      editted to add…I have tried commenting on your site.. but it hasn’t been letting me.. I thought it was because of my iPad… but now I switched computers and still nothing… just wanted you to know so you didn’t think I was avoiding you.

  12. Sherry Snyder permalink
    January 22, 2012 7:54 pm

    You have been the little ‘ignite’ today to get me back into my wool stash. I love fibers, but
    life has been such that I haven’t been doing any of the things that I usually do, like, spinning, knitting/crocheting, quilting. I have wanted to do felting for years and haven’t, your little coasters look so pretty and easy. And, I think my granddaughter would love to do this too. Thanks for the inspiration. Sherry


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